Special Olympics Colorado serves 25,290 athletes with intellectual disabilities throughout the state.
Volunteers are the heartbeat of Special Olympics Colorado. More than 13,000 volunteers engage with our athletes and have the opportunity to share a life-changing experience.
Donate today to help end discrimination against individuals with intellectual disabilities.
Special Olympics is a global movement that unleashes the human spirit through the transformation power and joy of sports, every day around the world.
Using sports as a catalyst and programming around health and education, Special Olympics is fighting inactivity, injustice and intolerance. As a result, people with intellectual disabilities become accepted and valued members of their communities, which leads to a more respectful and inclusive society for all. Special Olympics is still the largest sports organization in the world serving over 4.2 million people with intellectual disabilities worldwide. And sports are still the core of what we do. But, our athletes inspire us to continue to evolve as an organization as they tell us their stories and share their dreams for the future. Today we use sports as a catalyst to help enhance the growth for all people who participate and compete with Special Olympics.
Build Inclusive Schools
Improve Health and Quality of Life
Because of your support, the organization has made a meaningful difference in the life of every athlete who participates. As a recognized best practice for non-profits in Colorado, we ensure that every dollar is spent wisely.
Building Communities and Developing Leaders is primarily happening at a young age when youth are most impacted by socialization. We know our Special Olympics Unified programs are working because it’s in the numbers:
An average athlete visits 50 different physicians with little, if any, results. If these health issues are untreated as minor illnesses they could become life-threatening and thus creating a health crisis of epidemic proportions. Did you know? Special Olympics is the largest health provider for individuals with intellectual disabilities in the world. We have trained more than 120,000 health professionals in 7 disciplines and have conducted over 1.2 million health screenings globally.
July 13 @ 8:00 am - July 14 @ 5:00 pm
13th Annual Guardian of the Flame Hockey Tournament – Hockey in July! The Guardian of the Flame (GOTF) Hockey Tournament has become one of the most popular hockey tournaments for Law Enforcement and supporters of Law Enforcement around Colorado. Over the last ten years our teams have raised thousands of dollars for Special Olympics Colorado. Last
July 14 @ 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Tip a Cop, Help an Athlete! Together with Special Olympics Colorado athletes, Law Enforcement officials wait tables and collect tips at Chili’s Restaurants across Colorado. Your donations, plus a generous donation from Chili’s, will all go to support Special Olympics Colorado athletes! Click here to view a list of participating locations! For more information contact Jan
Special Olympics Colorado Coaches Summit
Location: Aurora Hills Golf Course – Golf 50 S Peoria St, Aurora, CO 80012 Sports: Special Olympics Individual Competition Unified Team Competition Individual Skills Competition Schedule: 10:30am Volunteer Registration 11:00am Coach Registration 12:00pm-6:00pm Competition All Day Awards
July 27 @ 7:30 am - 4:00 pm
Denver Summer Classic (Softball and Bocce) Clement Park Date: Saturday, July 27, 2019 Location: Robert F. Clement Park – Softball & Bocce 7306 W Bowles Ave, Littleton, CO 80123 Sports: Softball Individual Skills Competition Softball Unified Team Competition Softball Traditional Team Competition Bocce Unified Doubles Competition Bocce Traditional Doubles Competition Schedule: 7:30am Volunteer Registration 8:00am
July 27 @ 7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Date: Saturday, July 27, 2019 Location: Colorado Athletic Club – Inverness – Tennis 374 Inverness Pkwy, Englewood, CO 80112 Sports: Tennis Skills Competition Tennis Individual Competition Tennis Doubles Competition Tennis Unified Doubles Competition Schedule: 7:00am Volunteer Registration 7:15am Coach Registration 7:45am Opening Ceremonies 8:00am-4:00pm Competition All Day Awards
Northeast Summer Classic Softball and Bocce Garden Acres Park Longmont
August 17 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Join us at our Annual Plane Pull event presented by Subway! Teams of up to 25 test their strength by pulling an airplane while raising money for 25,000+ athletes with intellectual disabilities!
Volunteer opportunities are plentiful from coaching to committees to event management and many other specialized roles.
Coaching is a great avenue for those who love sports and want to work closely with our athletes.
We do not charge our athletes or their families to participate and compete throughout the year, therefore financial support helps us ensure that we can continue to provide uniforms, medals, officiating, practice and competition facilities, and invaluable coaching and volunteer training for our rapidly growing base of athletes. Donate Today!
We offer 22 sports for athletes stating at 8 years old and athletes may compete throughout a lifetime. Many of our 25,000+ athletes compete in 3-4 sports throughout the year. We also offer sports skills development programs for aspiring athletes starting at 2 years old.
Check out this video created by students at Graland Day School!Learn More